The third or fourth best cover band in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, according to their YouTube page, the Hot Country Knights released their debut original song on Thursday titled “Pick Her Up” featuring Travis Tritt. The 90s-inspired, honky-tonk track was written and produced by Dierks Bentley along with Jim and Brett Beavers.
“The sound behind ‘Pick Her Up’ is Hot Country Knights 101…it’s so hot that I have advised the radio promotion department at UMG to wear oven mitts when delivering it to Country radio,” front-man Doug Douglason (who is actually Bentley) said in a recent press release.
The Hot Country Knights are really just the alter-egos of Bentley and his touring band. In a video both Bentley and the Knights shared on social media, Bentley ran into Douglason at his bar in Nashville. He recalled the time where Douglason gave him a pep talk before one of his first-ever shows. To return the favor, Bentley let the group perform a song for him. He was so impressed that he signed them to his record label to record some original material. The end of the video revealed that an album is being released in the spring of 2020. Watch it here:
“Without HCK, you would have never heard of Jerks Gentley,” the Hot Country Knights wrote in a tweet. “Now 20-some years later, he’s helping us get OUR shot…NOT THAT WE NEEDED HIS HELP…but if we did need some help (WHICH WE DON’T) it would involve a soon-to-be smash hit featuring Travis Tritt and an upcoming album.”
The joke began back in 2015 when Bentley and some friends, including Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Randy Houser, and Charles Kelley played a small club in Nashville pretending to be an old cover band performing a reunion show. They all wore wigs and 90s attire on stage. The band took a long hiatus but found their fame again when they joined Bentley on his Mountain High and Burning Man tours. Their act was more of a comedic bit as they covered country songs from the 1990s while making jokes and dancing around the stage. NYCountry Swag actually caught Hot Country Knights return back in February of 2018 when they performed during CRS.
Along with Douglason, the Hot Country Knights are comprised of bassist Trevor Travis, lead guitarist Marty Ray (“Rayro”) Roburn, keytar/fiddle player Terotej (“Terry”) Dvoraczekynski, steel guitarist Barry Van Ricky and percussionist Monte Montgomery.
“Pick Her Up” is available wherever buy or stream music and will impact Country radio on February 3rd.
Find “Pick Her Up” and more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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